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Using a passcode on your iPhone can help to keep your data and personal information safe. However, entering a passcode every time you turn on your device can be a hassle. Regardless of the reason, disabling your passcode is easy to do through the settings app.
However, turning off your iPhone’s passcode is generally not advisable because it will disable Touch ID and Face ID. It will also expose your information to anyone who could pose security and privacy risks in the future, such as a mischievous family member or friend. Only disable your passcode if you are absolutely sure that it’s safe to do so.
Another downside is that Apple Pay cards will be removed if you turn off your iPhone passcode, and you’ll also lose the recovery option for your Apple ID password if you forget it.
If you’re okay with removing your passcode protection, here’s how to do so.
How to turn off the passcode on your iPhone or iPad
- Open the Settings app on your iPhone (or iPad).
- Scroll down to find the option for the passcode menu. Depending on your iPhone model, this will be labeled Touch ID & Passcode or Face ID & Passcode, tap this option.
- Enter your current passcode.
- Scroll down and tap the menu option that reads Turn Passcode Off.
- Confirm your decision by tapping Turn Off. in the warning box that appears.
Why is my iPhone asking me to change my passcode?
Your iPhone is suggesting that you change your passcode, possibly because your current passcode is not secure enough. Apple encourages users to use at least 6-digit passcodes to enhance the security of their devices. If you are using less than a 6-digit passcode that’s easy to guess, then your iPhone might ask you to change your passcode.